Charming very old vintage Persian floral garden carpet with flowers, trees, birds, deer or goats, and either red dogs or red horses.
Condition is good with minor scattered wear on the wool pile and side cords. (The most noteworthy wear is shown in a closeup photo.)
This is a traditional version of the garden panel rug with small windows looking into a bucolic world.
This was woven by a Bakhtiari tribal weaver in western Iran.
Very solid and well crafted rug that can be used in a high foot traffic area or near an entrance.
The garden panel motif is also known as a ‘khesti’ motif, and dates back several centuries in Iran. The Bakhtiari are masters of the design but it is also woven by the Luri and the Qashqai, and occasionally in the cities of Qom and Tabriz.
Exact size is 7 ft. 4 in. by 4 ft. 7 in. Wool pile on cotton warp. 1950s – 1960s.
Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
The Bakhtiari tribe, numbering 800,000, inhabit an area of 67,000 sq. km that straddles the central Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although only about a third of the tribe is nomadic (the rest are settled agriculturists), the nomads embody the Bakhtiari cultural ideals.
They specialize in producing meat and dairy products and migrate seasonally with their sheep, cattle, or goat herds from high plateau pastures, where they spend the summer, west of the city of Esfahan, to lowland plains in the province of Khuzistan for winter herd grazing.
Their migration is among the most spectacular known among nomadic paternalists anywhere. They cross mountain passes at about 3,050 m. and therefore have to time their movement with extreme care in order to minimize the danger of early snowfall, flooding mountain rivers, and lack of grazing for their animals and flocks.
Shipping is $34 within the continental U.S. Or free pickup in Tucson.
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